Horror Comic ‘Chopper’ to Become ‘Sleepy Hallow’-Type Movie
Horror comic-turned-web series 'Chopper,' a modern-day spin on the headless horseman legend, will be getting the big-screen treatment courtesy of entertainment company Dilemma. Comic creator Martin Shapiro has been commissioned to write the screenplay, and the film will be shopped at the American Film Market, now in full swing. Basically if you combined 'Sleep Hallow' with 'Sons of Anarchy,' you'd get 'Chopper.'
'Chopper' goes like this: After taking a strange new drug with supernatural side effects at a party, the rebellious teenage daughter of a police officer starts seeing ghosts and is stalked by the Reaper, a headless Hell's Angel on a motorcycle who collects the souls of sinners in the afterlife.
'Chopper' began life as an Asylum Press comic book before becoming a web series starring Tyler Mane (Rob Zombie's 'Halloween') as the vengeful headless biker. Both the comic and the series debuted last October.
Producer J.C. Christofilis has this to say (via Variety):
Ultimately, the neverending viability of the horror genre combined with the exploding interest in shows like 'Sons of Anarchy' made my decision to bring our title character to life a no-brainer -- pardon the pun."
We'll pardon the pun, J.C., as long as the movie turns out to be as addicting to watch as 'Sons of Anarchy' and cooler (much cooler) than Nic Cage's bit in 'Ghost Rider.'
No word yet on when production is looking to start.